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Logo bar of the Alaska Public Lands Information Centers which are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Ketchikan
Alaska Railroad train moving down the tracks with green forest covered mountains in the background and pink fireweed flowers in the foreground.
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By Rail
 

ALASKA RAILROAD: All Aboard!

Seward to Fairbanks, Distance: 470 miles (756 kilometers)

Completed in 1923, the Alaska Railroad's main line extends northward from tidewater's edge in Seward, all the way to the Interior city of Fairbanks, totaling about 470 miles of track. Operating year-round passenger service between Anchorage and Fairbanks, the Alaska Railroad also offers service to Talkeetna, Denali, Seward, and Whittier during the summer. The Alaska Railroad is one of the last surviving 'flag stop' passenger rail lines in the US. This means some of its trains will stop where and whenever passengers want to get on or off!

Highlights:

  • The Bartlett and Spencer glaciers near Seward. Here you can use the Whistle Stop service to check out the Spencer Glacier. Visitors and locals alike enjoy paddling and hiking in this area.
  • Tunnels connecting Whittier to the road and rail system through the rugged Chugach Mountains to Whittier.
  • Bore tides and belugas along beautiful Turnagain Arm.
  • Anchorage, now Alaska's largest city, is the midway point between Seward and Fairbanks and began as a construction camp for the railroad in 1914.
  • Talkeetna, the charming and quirky town that is the base of operations for climbing expeditions to Mount McKinley.
  • Hurricane Gulch at Mile 248.
  • Denali National Park, just before Fairbanks, is the destination of many rail travelers.
  • Stop in Nenana, where President Warren G. Harding drove the golden spike to complete the railroad in 1923.
  • Disembark in Fairbanks for endless adventure opportunities in Alaska's vast and sparsely populated north.

Visit http://www.alaskarailroad.com/ for more information and possible itineraries.

 

*please note: you will need to find transportation to and from the railroad station, that is not provided. 



railroad depot in anchorage


 
Black and white aerial photo of the Colville River winding through tundra. Did You Know?
Lying entirely north of the Arctic Circle, the 350 mile long Colville River is the longest clear-running river in Alaska that drains a remote region of tundra which is frozen for more than half the year.